"Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."
"We can name God by taking his creatures' perfections as our starting point, 'for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator'. (Wisdom 13:5)"
"The moral life is a spiritual worship."
"God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."
"From the beginning until the end of time the whole of God's work is a blessing. From the liturgical poem of the first creation to the canticles of the heavenly Jerusalem, the inspired authors proclaim the plan of salvation as one vast divine blessing."
"Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."
"God calls each one by name. (cf. Isaiah 43:1)"
"The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being….God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence." Vatical Council II, 'Gaudium et spes', 19, 1
"Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment….For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God….His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."
"The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature."
"The revelation of the ineffable name 'I Am who Am' contains the truth that God alone IS. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following it the Church's Tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the fullness of Being and of every perfection….All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone IS his very being, and he is of himself everything that he is."
"Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect."
"God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities . . .tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other."
"Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2
"All religions bear witness to man's essential search for God."
"To God, all moments of time are present in their immediacy."
"By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to humanity. He has thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life."
"God gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature." St. Athanasius, Ep. Serap. 1, 24
"Because he is the free and sovereign Creator, the first cause of all that exists, God is present to his creatures' inmost being: 'In him we live and move and have our being.' (Acts 17:28). In the words of St. Augustine, 'God is 'higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self.' (Confessions 3, 6, 11)"
"The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental."
"By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect and will, man is endowed with freedom, an outstanding manifestation of the divine image."
"Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."
"God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving."
"By natural reason man can know God with certanity, on the basis of his works."
"At every time and in every place, God draws close to man."